Guerneville bridge over Russian River

Guerneville

Charmingly rustic, the town of Guerneville (pop. 4,534) mixes towering redwoods, cool river waters, laid-back attitudes, and Sonoma Wine Country delights in a pleasing blend that makes it a popular destination, as well as an established gay vacation resort.

Guerneville has always been a vacation getaway for San Franciscans — by train in the 1870s to the 1930s, and by car through the 1950s. In the 1970s it became a welcoming resort area for Bay Area gay men and lesbians.

Today, visitors stay in cozy cabins, uniquely rustic resorts, campgrounds, vacation rentals, and other lodgings. They can choose to eat at trendy restaurants, food stands, or hip cafes reminiscent of the flower-power era.

And with more than 50 wineries within a 20-minute drive, wine tasting in the cool-climate Russian River Valley wine region is definitely a must for wine lovers.

With canoes, kayaks, inner tubes, umbrellas, and beach chairs available for rent, Johnson's Beach provides the main river access in downtown Guerneville, within walking distance of restaurants and shops.

Visit the awe-inspiring, 805-acre Armstrong  Redwoods State Natural Reserve, two miles north of Guerneville's Main Street. Walk among the serene, majestic beauty of California coast redwoods, some of the world's tallest living things. It can be a transforming experience.

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Carport Art Gallery Photo
15098 Old River Road, Guerneville, CA 95446

Carport* Gallery | Design Studios is a unique art gallery and design studio located in the heart of Russian River and the Wine Country. Our rotating exhibitions feature artwork in a variety of mediums…

North Star Photo
Russian River Getaways, Contact us directly Guerneville, CA 95446

Immaculate, Spacious, Contemporary Riverfront Home, Forest View, Hot Tub, Central Heat & Air Conditioning, Gas Fireplace. Short Walk to Seasonal Neighborhood Beach & Boats; Short Drive to Downtown…

River Queen Handmade & Collectibles Photo
16377 Main Street, Guerneville, CA 95446

A unique collection of quality, vintage collectibles, handmade items from jewelry to unique wine barrel furniture. Also specializing in costume jewelry.

Bella Vista Photo
Russian River Getaways, Contact us directly Guerneville, CA 95446

Unusually Private Contemporary Riverfront Home, Redwoods, River View, Central Heat, Fireplace, Hot Tub, Deck, Private Seasonal River Access & Boats; Walk to Downtown Guerneville, Dining, River Beach;…